Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1

An innovative engineer finds himself confronting corporate behemoths in this drama series set in 1980s Texas, charting the changing culture in Silicon Prairie.

2014Rating: TV-14USAAMC Networks
DramaHistorical
EPISODE 1.1

I/O

The Texan company Cardiff Electronics gets a new employee from New York. He's apparently working for IBM, but after the he gets the new job it gets clear that he has a hidden agenda, and... MORE is not exactly what he claims to be.

EPISODE 1.2

FUD

After surviving a visit from IBM, Joe's team must overcome internal differences and begin the technical feat of building the new machine.

EPISODE 1.3

High Plains Hardware

Gordon and Cameron struggle to make Joe's vision a reality; Joe and Bosworth seek the funds to make the new machine.

EPISODE 1.4

Close to the Metal

As Cameron nears completion of the BIOS, a crisis threatens the project's future and requires all hands on deck to save the machine.

EPISODE 1.5

Adventure

Cameron bristles under a new manager as Joe and Gordon attempt to procure a key piece of new technology for the computer.

EPISODE 1.6

Landfall

A breakthrough by Cameron places her at odds with Gordon, leaving Joe to make a tough decision. Meanwhile, Hurricane Alicia spurs some personal revelations.

EPISODE 1.7

Giant

A visitor from Joe's past threatens his newfound connection with Cameron. Meanwhile, with Donna out of town, the toll of Gordon's work catches up with him.

EPISODE 1.8

The 214s

Scandal hits Cardiff Electric as the team finalizes preparations for COMDEX. Meanwhile, Bosworth makes a sacrifice for the good of the PC program.

EPISODE 1.9

Up Helly Aa

Unforeseen opponents and new complications threaten to derail the Cardiff Electric team's work at COMDEX.

EPISODE 1.10

1984

Gordon and Joe prepare to transport the Giant. A suspicious defect causes a rift in the partnership.

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 / Reviews

USA Today

USA Today

The plot takes a few satisfyingly clever twists, some of them possibly even fact-based.

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Variety

Variety

Despite its assets, though, the series still feels more like a programmatic reboot of familiar themes than anything shiny, new and next-gen.

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Vulture

Vulture

The problem is, once you get past the shock of a fresh premise and watch the pilot, the show starts to seem formulaic...

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

A stellar Toby Huss portrays the hard-driving Bosworth, a commanding presence.

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We Got This Covered

We Got This Covered

Seems too safe to ultimately, ahem, catch fire.

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Paste

Paste

As the hours and days drag on, it's hard not to be charmed by [Pace and McNairy's] natural chemistry...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Once Halt figuratively puts it back in its pants, it settles into a predictable but engaging drama...

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It has a destination in mind, and while it can take its time getting there, every single scene has a purpose and point on its way toward that destination.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Benefits from its stylized appearance, with a go-go pace and enough 1980s fashions to conjure memories of the Go-Go's.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The series comes off as overtly coy and more than a little aimless.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Obsolescence is the subject of Halt and Catch Fire, a beautiful deconstruction of the Silicon Valley myth.

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